It was a remarkable coincidence that during the May Day protests against certain evils of capitalism yesterday, the Rent Guidelines Board met to discuss a possible increase in rent for rent-stabilized apartments in New York City. The panel, which met at Cooper Union’s Great Hall, voted that it would recommend rent hikes of 1.75% to 4% on one-year leases, and 3.5% to 6.75% on two-year leases for nearly one million rent-stabilized apartments. The Board will host public hearings on June 13 and June 18, and will vote on the finalized increases on June 21. In the past, protesters of the raised rent have been at Board meetings in full force, though the Occupy Wall Street May Day demonstrations seemed to have attracted protesters away from the panel meeting. Housing advocate Larry Wood assured reporters there would be an impressive attendance at the public testimonials and the vote in June. “There will be a lot more theater for the next vote,” he said. (Photo: Kristine Paulus/Flickr)